This Queen’s Diamonds Are Legendary

queenNot everyone will be able to afford this gorgeous crown that the Queen of England has the honor of wearing. If you fall into that large category, the following article is for you.

Out of many varieties of diamonds that you can choose from, finding a diamond that best suits to you can really feel overwhelming, most especially when it is compared to jewelry stores where option is more limited. You can consider the step by step guide below on how to choose the right diamond for you. In fact, diamond search for everyone is unique. However, you might use this article for a helpful starting point in your diamond search.

Step by step guide on how to choose the right diamond for you (step by step guides are becoming popular online now, especially in eBook form):

First, you need to identify the shape of the diamond that you want or what diamond shape the recipient desires. If you can’t decide on what diamond shape you want or cannot find it out, you might consider a princess cut or a round cut.

You can set a minimum carat weight based on the recipient’s or your own preferences. If your heart really belongs to a diamond that weighs one carat, then you should try to find one because even the most wonderful half carat stone can be a great disappointment.

Try to find a high-quality diamond with the shape as well as the minimum carat weight that you identified on the previous steps. You can then begin making adjustments in your order so you will know what to do when you find the right diamond for you and how to make it fit your own budget.

First, you can make the clarity lower. Try to go lower than VS2 before making adjustments in some other areas.

Second, make the color lower. Try to go lower than H before making adjustments in some other areas.

Finally, go with lower cuts. Try go lower than Very Good when it comes to round diamonds, and then Good in some fancy shapes right before making adjustments in some other areas.

If you find a diamond that matches your own criteria and is very close to your own budget, then you can try shaving off few carat weights to close gap. In fact, a difference of 10% in a carat weight will not be easy to detect visually.

When you have followed the steps above but still wasn’t able to fit the diamond with your own budget, you can still try some new thresholds for the above process.

Diamond Grades

Diamonds are the absolute expression of the infinite and the radiant. No other natural object surpasses the value of diamonds. But the various intrinsic characteristics of diamonds have spawned a system that valued certain diamonds above others.

Early jewelers have concluded that the value of diamonds is based on the clarity of the gem. Clarity refers to the internal and surface appearance of the gem. Under the GIA, there are two categories that help grade a diamond’s clarity: inclusion and blemish.

Inclusions are the result of a diamond’s formation deep inside the Earth. In the process of a diamond’s formation, other minerals may be trapped within the diamond’s structure. This results in the formation of clouds, feathers and crystals of other substances inside the diamond. On the other hand, blemishes refer to external features that resulted from enhancement procedures and the mishandling of diamonds, such as polish lines, nicks, breaks and scratches.

The diamonds we see on the necks, ears and hands of the rich and famous have gone through a rigorous grading system based on the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The GIA currently has 6 categories and 11 grades specifying a diamond’s clarity. The GIA system is the most popular diamond grading system used today, and has been used as the basis for other diamond grading systems in the world.